Monday, September 23, 2013

A picture is worth a thousand words

{Photo cred goes to my sister Kimmie}
This picture is worth a million to me. 

My other half is home
and tomorrow we leave for our NYC vacation. 
We have so many fun adventures planned. 
Like, big life list things. 

Basically, I feel that I may OD on happiness any time now.

But honestly, we could be going anywhere 
and I would be happy just to have this guy to myself for a week. 

I know it's cheesy but I don't care at all. 

{Feel free to follow our NY adventures on Instagram. Username: melissahayes6. 
And if you already follow me and don't care about our trip 
then I would go ahead and unfollow now because that shiz is about to be overgrammed.}

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Proud Moment

Today I am feeling super proud of my husband for two reasons....1.) He aced everything in tech school and
has officially GRADUATED. 2.) He actually took pictures of himself with his military buddies!
I've been asking him to take pictures for the past 6 months. I'm a big believer in preserving memories. It turns out that the instructor actually takes all the guys out to the aircrafts on the last day of class specifically to take pictures. But I am still proud of him for actually hearing my voice in his head telling him to pull out his phone and snap a few pics.

What a bunch of studs. Who doesn't like a man in a uniform? I know I do ;)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Making it through Tech School

Can't even believe I'm finally saying this but...CHRIS COMES HOME THIS WEEK!!! I never thought the time would come. It feels like he has been gone But at the same time I do think that getting through tech school was so much "easier" than getting through BMT. Easier is a relative term, but you know what I mean. Being able to talk on the phone multiple times a day made all the difference in the world.

I wish I could give advice to those friends I have made that have recently started this process. But everyone just really has to find what works for them. What I found worked for me {in addition to numbers 2, 3, 4 & 6 on this list} was Face Time, traveling and chocolate. Just straight up.

I have read that some people hate doing countdowns because it's just depressing to see the number of days left when the countdown starts. Yeah..."only 94 days left to go"... isn't so encouraging. BUT my nieces and I made a candy countdown instead of a number one and it's been great. Each of us chose a bag of candy and we laid out a long sheet of saran wrap and tied each piece into it's place. It's been so fun for the girls to take a piece of candy every day to see how long we have left since they don't really understand days, weeks, months etc. Plus it's really exciting for me when we land on a Twix day in the countdown. Lucy's favorite days are the basketball chocolate seen in that adorable pic there.

Only 4 pieces of candy left until...





Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A bun day.

I took this zombie pic in the spotty mirror the other day to send to my husband with the caption, "Another bun day thanks to the AZ heat and the 10 different splotchy colors in my hair."

But then I realized that he is in the same heat except in Texas where it is also humid and sticky and he is marching around everywhere he needs to go in full uniform.

And while I am complaining about waiting for my hair appt day to arrive he is worried about remembering to shave every morning and getting his head shaved every few weeks so he doesn't have to get into real military trouble and fill out one of those discipline forms.

So, I decided to not complain.
And to tell him how impressed I am by him instead.

And in unrelated news:
I have also decided that, aside from my husband, I no longer care what anyone else thinks
about decisions I make.
I don't need to explain myself to anybody.
I'll do what I feel is best for me.
And get 5 dogs if I want.
And buy cowhide dining room chairs.
And move to Germany if the opportunity arises.
And be sassy when I feel like it.
Like right now.
Just a ball of sassafrass (as my husband calls me).
What of it?

I may act out on bun days.
Or I may be PMSing.
Or not. Whatever.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Sometimes i think "Hey, it's been a while, I should probably blog". Then I think "ehhh what's the point, really?" I facebook and Instagram to keep my friends and family updated with my life. And I follow my "blog friends" blogs and continue reading them. So why do I need to blog? Welp, now I have an answer to that.

I decided for mine and Chris' 5 year anniversary this year I wanted to make photo albums with ALL of the photos we've taken since the day we were married. I have made photo albums my whole life. My Mom was a "Creative Memories" consultant and always taught us to keep scrapbooks and journals. I am so glad that she did because I have a pretty awful long term memory and I would hate for my personal history to just be lost in space and time forever.

So anyway, I kinda fell off the journaling/scrapbooking train when I got married. It's giving me anxiety just thinking about how behind I am. And that is why I decided to make photo books for each of our 5 years of marriage. I have been gathering and organizing pictures and information from these years. There are A LOT of pictures and it has been a ton of work getting everything I need. I am designing the books online and having them printed. So once that shiz is printed there is no going back to add missing pics/details.

One day I had the brilliant idea to go take a look at the blog I started just a couple weeks after our wedding for inspiration. It was amazing to read what I wrote. And embarrassing. And thought provoking. But mostly just amazing to read where I was in life, in my relationship, and in my personal growth. And to see how far I have come. And to remember all the little stories and memories that I had forgotten all about. I was so happy to have it. I just wanted to hug it. It's my story. My personal history. It's so meaningful to me. And it has really really made all the difference in making my photo albums. I can read those posts and see what I was going through at the time and my thoughts and feelings on random subjects or events. Pictures will always be there but the real story behind those pictures can easily be forgotten. And why not put them on the Internet to share with others who might relate?

So basically, blogs save lives. That's the answer to my initial question.

I hope to blog more and journal forever. Amen.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


{My fam at the start of last Finter. Right when the weather started changing. The best.}
I am completely and utterly tha-rilled that September is finally here.

Even though we still have months of heat remaining in the forecast here in Arizona, I am just happy that this month marks the official beginning of fall. Fall is my favorite. Actually, we don't really have Fall in Arizona. We have Summer, and then a second Summer. And then Fall and Winter come at the same time. I'll call it Finter. And I don't really care what it is. Because it is the best. Finter for the win!!

When I was little I loved spring because that was my birthday season.

Then when I was in school I loved Summer because that meant no school..

And now that I am a grown human I love Fall. or Finter. Whichever sprinkles your cupcake.

Either way, I'd like to celebrate Finter being on the horizon. Yes, I enjoy living in the moment and yada yada. But it's also nice to daydream from time to always. Here's what I'm dreaming about these days...

Fall style. 
Fall clothes are the absolute BEST thing on the planet. Blazers over t-shirts. Over sized sweaters and cardigans layered over layers on top of layers. Skinny jeans and boots and booties, etc etc. Plus, my fringe moccasins that are never necessarily "in style" but are always my faves. 

Hot Cocoa/Apple Cider. 
Thanks be to the brilliant inventors of a little contraption called the "Cocomotion"....I am set with hot drinks all Finter long.

Bon fires. 
We don't really do the fire thing here. But I love them and the way they make me feel. Mostly because I love s'mores. But also because we made fires a lot in my Idaho days. And those are some great, toasty memories.

AZ weather. 
Yes, yes it is hell on earth for one particular season out of the year. BUT come Finter, this place and it's weather is heaven on earth. Crisp and cool and beautiful. And we get this fall weather pretty much all the way until the end of Spring. No frozen tundras here. This also means our electricity bill can come down from it's stay in the freakin mountain tops to a more reasonable and wallet friendly height.

I mean... it's exciting. For the people who like that kind of thing. I do love going to games. And I love how excited my husb is when the new seasons start. And I love kicking everyone's butts in the fantasy leagues.

TV shows are back!!
 This and the whole fall style thing are probably my top 2 faves out of this list. I looooove my TV. And I hate when it's gone for the whole summer. Time to set the DVR for some good stuff. The top 3 I am looking forward to this season are prob How I Met Your Mother (the final season! Ahh!!), Revenge, and Modern Family.

Pumpkin and Cinnamon. 
The smells and the tastes. Yum.

The holidays. 
The shopping, the decorating, the hustle and bustle, the family events...I love the holidays! Can't decide which is my favorite. But the Finter holidays are by far my favorite of the year.

The foliage. 
When you first see that tree that has started to drop it's leaves. That's the first sign. It's all oranges and reds and bliss from there.

I am especially excited for this Finter because I have some very special plans as I may have mentioned twelve times before. NYC the first week of Fall....basically my dream. My new nephew will be making his debut in November. And a few weeks later we will be making our trip to Disney World to visit my little sister who happens to be a character in the park. Finter, I love you. A lot. Cheers!